College Internships

Each year, JEA proudly hosts high school and college students in a wide variety of internship and mentoring programs. These programs provide hands-on experience for students already enrolled in degree and technical programs in their chosen field.


Our interns, co-ops and mentoring students work directly with JEA employees trained to guide them through the work environment, while also teaching them about the utility industry. Students often get the chance to help complete special projects while working side-by-side with our employees. The video above was filmed and produced by 2018 JEA Co-Op Tedarius Abrams, a Mass Communications major at Bethune-Cookman University. 

Summer Co-Op Program

College students will be selected for an opportunity to gain real-world, on-the-job experience, network with business professionals and develop valuable leadership, professional etiquette and presentation skills. The program is a paid 32-hour-per-week, 12-week internship. Be sure to visit this page for application deadlines and additional requirements for this program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be a rising Sophomore, Junior or Senior
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Preferred Majors: Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Mathematics, Biology/Science
  • U.S. citizen or VISA eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Provide current transcript and resume with application

What's the Difference Between a Co-op and an Internship?

Both provide work experience related to your college major. However, Co-Ops can be multi-term and are paid. For example, a student Co-Op might work in the summer, go to school in the fall and work again at JEA the following summer semester. Internships are usually – but not always – one term and are usually in the fall or spring, and Interns only receive a small stipend for parking.

Qualities We Look For in Our Interns 

  • Strong work ethic and initiative
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Program Benefits

  • Provide students with real world, hands on experience
  • Enhance leadership skills
  • Enhance professional etiquette and presentation skills
  • Provide opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Competitive salary ranging from $13 to $17 per hour

Work in These JEA Departments 

  • Engineering
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Mathematics
  • Biology/Science
  • Marketing and Community Outreach

Co-Op Community Involvement

Completing a community service project is a requirement for every JEA Summer Co-Op. While their superiors lay down some guidelines, the decision is left to the Co-Ops on what community service project they choose.

“The Community Service project is a very important part of our overall Co-Op program, and it is a favorite of each class annually, as it allows them to come together as a team in an effort to enhance their collaboration and organization skills, while providing an opportunity to understand JEA’s culture of building community,” Pat, Manager of JEA’s Emerging Workforce Strategies, said of the community service project.

2018 JEA Co-Op Class Group Photo
Class of 2021 Summer Co-Ops

Other Opportunities for Internships in Jacksonville

JEA also partners with the following organizations in Jacksonville to provide summer internship opportunities. Students must apply directly with those organizations to be considered.

  • Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program
    Students age 16+, assigned by the Mayor’s Office for internships paid by JEA. For more information, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 630-CITY for an application.
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville Interns
    2 college students for academic credit only. For more information contact your guidance counselor.
  • Bridge of Northeast Florida Mentoring Program
    High school students engage in a year long mentorship program (ages 16 to 18). For more information, please contact the Bridge of Northeast Florida at 354-6352.

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